Strategic Relationship Brings City Back From The Brink

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Mayor Wayne Seybold discussed his initiative to manage healthcare costs at a panel discussion during the Employer Healthcare Congress in September. By partnering with ELAP Services, a healthcare costs management and bill auditing firm based in Philadelphia, as well as Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., Marion reduced their healthcare costs by $2.7 million (45%) in just one year and turned their $5.2 million dollar 2013 deficit into a surplus in 2014.

The City of Marion, IN reduced their healthcare cost by over $2.7 million or 45% in 2013 by working with healthcare cost management

On September 22nd, Mayor Wayne Seybold participated in a panel discussion during the National Employer Healthcare Congress in Washington D.C. to reveal the impressive financial turn-around of his city, Marion, IN. Mayor Seybold's work with Philadelphia-based ELAP Services and Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA) helped the City of Marion, Indiana turn around a $5.2 million dollar deficit and enhance their bond rating from BBB- to A+ in only one year, while still providing an exceptional insurance plan for medical and wellness services.

In 2012-2013, the Civil City of Marion faced a large deficit primarily associated with declining taxes and exponential increases in healthcare expenses.

A search for an innovative solution brought Mayor Seybold and the city’s healthcare broker, Apex Benefits Group, to ELAP Services, LLC (ELAP) and Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA). While reviewing GPA and ELAP, the Mayor found that a variety of organizations and municipalities had significantly reduced their healthcare spending through ELAP’s innovative provider contracts, plan design and reimbursement methodology, ensuring fair reimbursement for services rendered. With ELAP, municipalities and companies treat their healthcare spend with the same fiscal responsibility they would any other area of their organization.

Through a collaborative approach and ELAP direct contract services with local providers, the City of Marion reduced their healthcare cost by over $2.7 million or 45% in 2013. This savings has allowed the City to enhance their bond rating from BBB- to A+ in the same time period. The increased rating, combined with the debt reduction, will enable the city to experience exponentially lower cost of capital and increased borrowing capacity.

While Mayor Seybold continues to work closely with their broker partner, GPA and ELAP, this fiscal change has enabled the city to reach the break-even point for fiscal year 2014; the first time this benchmark has been reached in many years. He looks forward to continued financial success and to offering the highest quality benefits to the city’s employees and their families.

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ELAP Services LLC (ELAP) works with self funded employer groups to understand and control employee health care costs. ELAP assists in plan design and jointly establishes limits for payment of medical claims that correlate to the providers' cost of services.

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Pete Salveson
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